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60 years of daydreaming

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Almost two years on (update)

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College- And it's helping

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Need to talk to someone.

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Dressing like your character

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Being Ace and having MDD?

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Can it stop ?

I am only 13 years old and I have been dreaming excessively ever since I could talk. I feel like it is an escape from reality, but there are also lots of negative things that comes from it.  See More
1 hour ago
Zahirah Malone replied to MissAnthrope's discussion Perfecting daydreams
"Yes omg , I do this all the time. It seems like I am not satisfied with how the "story" went, so I just keep restarting it."
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Am I the youngest on here? I am thirteen years old.See More
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Tami joined Geingart's group

Without Friends

It seems that have difficulties to make friends and the difficulty to connect with other persons is a common denominator between Maladaptive Daydreamers.Nevermind is it is due to social inability, a side effect of daydreaming or that we are too much time away of “this world”, and that when “we come back to earth” we don´t have enough experience.Now we have a forum, a Meeting point, a place with people like us. Daydreamers without friends. Perhaps this group is not a  good place to make friends.…See More
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Because "the Gays just have to be everywhere" and "birds of a feather flock together" -  feel free to discuss, complain, gossip, rant about whatever you wantSee More
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MD Researchers

I'm a college student doing research on MD and want help from all of you, and want each one of you to help me in getting a cure for all of us.. shall we begin?? !!See More
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Source commented on Source's blog post Been falling for a while. Won't be pretty when I hit the ground.
"Whether or not I'm okay depends on how you define it, but at its most basic I guess I am, given that I still breathe. As for managing well, I have my doubts. It's a full-on war of thoughts that drains enough energy to prevent me from…"
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cottoncandy hair replied to Adriene's discussion Does anyone know?
" heh i'd have a hard time trying to explain this too. I would love to be able to tell someone but i'm too chicken 8/. Plus I've been caught pacing around my room fantasizing and it was mortifying, I was super embarrassed.   "
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Maladaptive Daydreamers

Discuss & share what it's like living with this emerging disorder.See More
MatthewR commented on Alex Lasky's blog post MBTI and MDD
"Something else to consider: the Enneagram of Personality is also a type system and complements the MBTI very well. The Enneagram describes our motivation, while the MBTI describes the structure of our thoughts. A derivation of the Enneagram is the…"
MatthewR commented on Source's blog post Been falling for a while. Won't be pretty when I hit the ground.
"It sounds like you created a monster, and it's devouring you from within. "As in the images of kings become the hearts of their shadows," is a strange phrase that's full of meaning. I read that line and imagined that the one who…"
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Daydreamers welcome

Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.

For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.

This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.

I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.

This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.

One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.


Can it stop ?

Started by Zahirah Malone 1 hour ago. 0 Replies

I am only 13 years old and I have been dreaming excessively ever since I could talk. I feel like it is an escape from reality, but there are also lots of negative things that comes from it.  Continue

Perfecting daydreams

Started by MissAnthrope. Last reply by Zahirah Malone 1 hour ago. 6 Replies

Does anyone else repeat the same daydream sequence over and over until they feel like its "perfect" or until it just gets incredibly boring? I don't know if this is typical, or if its just my perfectionist tendencies getting in the way of literally…Continue

Does anyone know?

Started by Adriene. Last reply by cottoncandy hair yesterday. 521 Replies

Do your friends or family know about your daydreaming? What are their feelings/reactions to it? This is the only place where I can talk about my daydreaming. I've never told anyone and I'd be mortified if my family found out.Continue

The advancement of my MDD.

Started by Bella Valenti on Monday. 0 Replies

Yes, I'm writing to you guys again, but I honestly feel the need to share my perspective on this.My name is Bella, and I am seventeen years old. I've been living with Maladaptive Daydreaming throughout the span of my life, but recently, I've noticed…Continue

What helps?

Started by Cordellia Amethyste Rose. Last reply by Vaibhav Jain on Sunday. 170 Replies

Now that we've had some time to think about this & discuss it, let's start creating a plan to help.  Let's try and make a list that we can refer to & refer others to.  Here's my question:What helps? Not just what helps you stop…Continue

Tags: daydreaming, fantasy, Maladaptive, Daydreaming, MD

My story

Started by David Vartan. Last reply by David Vartan Oct 14. 3 Replies

I’ve been struggling with it since I was a teenager. I’m 50 now!Initially I use to do it when I was even 8 or 9, dreaming of something horrible happening to me and crying my head out to sleep.  Then in my mid to late teen years I realize that I was…Continue

My brain does not shut off

Started by Molly Allen. Last reply by Santhi Oct 14. 4 Replies

Hello all, this is my first time posting, so please bear with me.  I have been experiencing issues with MD since I can remember (i am now almost 21 years old) and some of my earliest memories are of very vivid, involved and immersive daydreams that…Continue

for Italian maladaptive daydreamers

Started by Odilia. Last reply by Odilia Oct 14. 2 Replies

Hello everyone.I'm Italian. I noticed that in Italy Maladaptive daydreaming it's still very unknown.That's why I created a website and a facebook page.If there are any Italians in here, I'd love to be in touch with them, so we could cooperate to…Continue

Comparing MDD to drug addiction

Started by bluemeasure Oct 14. 0 Replies

I have a hard time comparing my MD to drug addiction; I've never experienced drug addiction, therefore I don't feel that it is my place to compare myself to a drug addict. I've always thought that MD is just how my brain has been wired since birth.…Continue

Tags: dissociation, dissociate, Daydreams, alcohol, addiction

Daydreams integrating into reality?

Started by Bella Valenti. Last reply by Marlies Oct 14. 7 Replies

I've been a maladaptive daydreamer for a very long time now, and it has both hindered and helped me in many ways. However, the biggest hindrance that has recently emerged is that the lines between daydream and reality have become blurred. It has…Continue

Tags: daydreaming


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    Out Of My Mind (article I wrote on MD)

    This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.  

    Out of My Mind…


    Created by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Nov 22, 2010 at 7:36pm. Last updated by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Nov 22, 2010.

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    Created by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Feb 20, 2010 at 11:14am. Last updated by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Feb 20, 2010.


    Do I have Maladaptive Dayreaming?

    Maladaptive Daydreaming is not an officially recognized condition yet. We’re still learning a lot about it. Here are some of the main symptoms that seem to be emerging:
    • You daydream more often than you think is normal.
    • You’ve built up a character(s) that’s an idealized version of yourself
    • You feel more empowered in your daydreams.
    • You’re starting to enjoy daydreaming better than the real world.
    • Daydreaming is starting to interfere with your day-to-day activities.
    • You might enact some movement, like pacing or moving your hands, (though not everyone does this).

    • Some people make facial expressions, talk, and/or act out their daydreams.  

    It's not all bad...

    Maladaptive Daydreamers have many gifts along with struggles.

    -extreme creativity
    -the ability to think through complex issues on our own
    -the ability to see issues from many perspectives (we can have intense dialogs in our own minds)
    -the ability to think quickly
    -strength. (It takes a lot of strength to live in two worlds at once.)
    -insightful and empathetic
    -loving (Even when no one's around, we still have people to love in our minds.)

    -extreme difficulty concentrating
    -sluggish. It's hard to be productive when you just want to daydream
    -clumsy and awkward
    -difficulty cultivating or maintaining relationships (This may not apply to everyone, but if your MD starts to progress, you may prefer daydreaming to real interactions)
    -difficulty completing tasks due to desire to constantly stop and daydreaming
    -difficulty reaching certain milestones because of constant desire to stop and daydream.

    What do I DO?

    Well, we're still figuring that out. Since this is so new it's kinda up to us to figure out how to deal with it. I encourage people to try anything they can & want to. If something works, please let us know, so others will benefit.
    -Identifying triggers
    Many people find that
    certain activities
    trigger them to start
    Identifying and
    limiting exposure to
    triggers is one way to
    Common triggers:
    music, tv, books,
    long walks or
    monotonous activity
    If you feel yourself
    starting to daydream,
    stop and change
    activities. Get up and
    do anything else and
    come back to it when
    you're feeling more
    -Getting out in the public
    A lot of times we just
    need to get out of our
    heads for awhile. Go
    out and talk to people.
    -Get up quickly and go to bed tired.
    Many daydream in the
    morning. To avoid
    this, make sure you get
    out of bed the instant
    you wake up.
    To avoid daydreaming
    at night, go to bed
    when you're extremely
    -Allow limited daydreaming
    Many of us really
    appreciate the comfort
    of our daydreams and
    don't want to give
    them up.
    Instead, allow
    yourself certain times
    to daydream, and
    force yourself to get
    up and stop when
    your time is up.
    -Find other things you love, and focus on them.
    Don't forget that we
    daydream because we
    love it. It may take
    time and energy to
    focus, but if we can
    make the external
    world more fun, then
    we won't need to
    daydream as much.


    Another common suggestion that people are saying works for them is meditation.  Some have said it helps them focus, even if it doesn't completely eliminate their MD.  Some have also said that Yoga and meditation help.



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